Foundations Singing Method
Foundation in your singing voice is the same concept as a concrete foundation of a building – the rock solid base that holds up the rest of your structure such as the walls and roof, or in the case of singing your range and tone. By first setting up this rock solid foundation for your voice, you will enjoy ongoing progress and gains proportional to the time and practice you invest in your singing voice.
When it comes to singing, Vocal Foundation includes key techniques such as diaphragmatic support, vowel shaping, managing resonant space, placement, balancing your onset and more.
Foundations Singing 101
The first step to developing the strong foundations singing requires is setting up your posture so you can support your voice diaphragmatically. The diaphragm itself is a dome-shaped large muscle that sits between the abdomen and the lung cavity. When engaged, the diaphragm descends towards the abdomen to create a negative-space that instantly fills with pressurised air – kind of like a vacuum! This allows you to create a balance of air flow and air pressure known as support, and can then be built and developed as the next stage of breath support; vocal compression.
Placement is also a key factor to a healthy vocal foundation and should be developed early on in your vocal technique’s formation. Placement simply refers to efficient use of the main vocal resonators;
The mouth, nose and pharynx all balance resonance together in a powerful and expressive way, and when developed properly will create a powerfully intense but strain-free singing voice. Placement is very easy to develop in the intitial stages of learning how to sing.
With this simple but important initial stage of placement, you can the move on to a more ‘forward’ placed sound and specifically place your voice into each dominant resonator for each of your resonators as you ascend in range. Great singing comes from a controlled and consistent foundation, not muscular force or brute strength – as a rule, if it doesn’t feel right, you’re not doing it right!
Foundations Singing Course
For many years I also struggled with high notes, inconsistency and vocal strain – until it became clear my lack of vocal foundation was holding me back. With a solid base of support, mixed resonance, balanced onsets and each base element of the voice, my range has grown exponentially into a powerful and versatile instrument; allowing me to become a professional voice coach and more importantly, a well respected singer too!
Being held in the same esteem as my favourite singers like Chris Cornell and James Hetfield really is an amazing compliment, and is an achievement that has only been made possible with the foundation elements you’ll find in our Foundation 101 singing course – great support, powerful resonance, mixed voice, balanced onsets and coordination between each element of the voice is going to absolutely change your voice!
Just bought your course and I can feel the resonance in my head already!
I’ll be damned – one day of Foundation practice and I have already improved
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Are you ready to take your voice to the next level with a powerful foundation? Let’s get started with the Foundation 101 singing course.
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.